Community Snapshot

  • Population: 23,000
  • Labor Force: 11,046
  • Number of Households: 7,750
  • Median Home Value: $384,378
  • Median Household Income: $109,000
  • Median Disposable Income: $80,759
  • Per Capita Income: $44,582
  • Median Age: 36
  • Diversity Index: 35.1
  • HS+ Graduate Rate: 97.5%
  • Sales Tax Rate: 3.50%
  • Town Mill Levy Rate: 16.149
  • Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

“Your Future is Here”

Erie, Colorado

In the late 1860s, the Erie location was a stage stop along the route between Laramie and Denver. A mining camp was built at that same location in 1870 next to Weld County’s first commercial coal mine. The camp was named Erie by Reverend Van Valkenburg after his home town of Erie, Pennsylvania. The Denver Pacific Railroad built a rail line spur to Erie for coal and settlers. People and freight in Denver that were going to Longmont or Boulder could take the train to Erie, then a wagon could be hired to go the rest of the way. Cave-ins, poisonous gasses, loose rocks, flooding, and the risk of falling into a shaft made coal mining a dangerous and too often fatal job. The first miners’ strike in Erie was in 1871 to improve conditions in the mines. In 1935, many Erie streets caved in due to mine shafts that were cut too close to the surface.

In the early 1900s, Kuner Empson built a pickle factory with a salting station next to the railroad tracks at the south end of Erie. Though Erie became an incorporated town in 1874, the streets were not marked, and residents literally did not know their addresses until street signs were installed in the 1940s.

Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.


The Town of Erie is located in Boulder and Weld Counties, just west of Interstate 25 for easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport, and Colorado’s entire Front Range. Erie’s Planning Area spans 48 square miles, extending from the north side of Colorado Highway 52 south to Colorado Highway 7, and between U.S. Highway 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east.

South Weld County

With a population estimated to reach 82,435 by 2020, the southern region of Weld County has experienced some of its fastest growth recently. Offering an attractive small town/rural quality of life with abundant new homes, excellent schools, and majestic mountain views, the region is strategically located just north of metro Denver and east of Boulder, which has fueled booming residential growth. With 23,764 households who have an average median disposable income of $55,028, the region is poised to see continued growth. The average median household income is $68,011, the average median home value is $243,539, and the subregion offers a wide range of educational opportunities, sport venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide opportunity for future growth. East/west access is provided by Colorado Highway 52, which connects to Interstate 76 and Interstate 25. North/south access is provided by Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85, which connects to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Denver International Airport is 20-30 minutes away.



  • Denver International Airport: 35-minute drive
  • Erie Municipal Airport located: 3.8 miles west of Interstate 25

Major Highway Access

  • North/South demand: Interstate 25, U.S. Highway 287
  • East/West demand: Colorado Highway 7 and Colorado Highway 52
Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2015
Total 12,810
Less than 9th Grade 0.3%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 2.0%
High School Graduate 11.7%
Some College, No Degree 21.6%
Associate Degree 8.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.8%
Graduate/Professional Degree 20.7%
St. Vrain Valley RE1J/Boulder Valley RE2 Statistics
Elementary Schools
Black Rock Elementary 761
Erie Elementary 516
Lafayette Elementary 606
Pioneer Bilingual Elementary 507
Red Hawk Elementary 804
Middle Schools
Angevine Middle School  726
Erie Middle School  929
High Schools
Centaurus High School  1,090
Erie High School  938
Charter Schools
Aspen Ridge  390
Peak to Peak  1,446
St. Vrain Valley RE1J
Average Teacher Salary $52,941.08
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 23.9/1
Boulder Valley RE2
Average Teacher Salary $71,574.20
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 19.7/1
Community College Enrollment
   Aims Community College
        All Campus Locations 5,001
   Front Range Community College
        Boulder County Campus 3,736
        Larimer County Campus 8,061
University Enrollment
   University of Colorado Boulder 32,775
   University of Northern Colorado 12,216
   Colorado State University 32,236

Key Residential Subdivisions/Home Builders

Median Home Value


Key Retailers

  • Safeway
  • King Soopers

Key Traffic Counts

  • I-25 & Erie Parkway is 114,000 AADT
  • Erie Parkway & County line Road 18.000 AADT
  • Highway 287 & Arapahoe Road 45,500 AADT
  • Highway 7 & Sheridon Parkway 24,00 AADT

Unique Needs/Opportunities

  •  5 Urban Renewable Areas
  • Through the fence property opportunities adjacent to the Erie Municipal Airport
  • Large industrial and commercial properties available with adjacent utility services

We recognize the value of providing business assistance to aid companies considering relocating or expanding in Erie. Recognizing that each business is unique in the type of assistance needed, the Town invites you to contact us directly so that we may discuss your company’s specific situation.

The Economic Development staff is at your service providing real estate and resource referrals, site tours, as well as assistance in navigating standard Town processes.

For additional information, contact:

Town of Erie

Paula Mehle
645 Holbrook St.
P.O. Box 750
Erie, CO 80516

Phone: 303-926-2769
Fax: 303-926-2706